Salvaging a Poor First Impression

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On the night time he achieved Elaine Sunmi Kwon in Los Angeles in September 2012, Jordan Hayes Taylor was exhausted. He experienced invested the night before celebrating his birthday, and when it arrived time to have meal with some of his pals from substantial college, “I was hanging on by a thread,” Mr. Taylor, 37, said.

The only particular person he did not know at the evening meal was Ms. Kwon, who experienced been seated in the vicinity of him. She experienced absent to higher education with just one of Mr. Taylor’s good friends, and lately moved to Los Angeles. She was keen to get to know absolutely everyone else at the table, but promptly uncovered that Mr. Taylor was not intrigued in a conversation.

He “not only failed to say ‘hi’ to me when I explained howdy, but just sort of overlooked me all night,” Ms. Kwon, 31, reported. “I assumed he was rather chilly and standoffish, frankly.”

Right after meal, the team went out for drinks, and Ms. Kwon and Mr. Taylor uncovered them selves pushed collectively as soon as once again at the bar. Feeling a little bit far more energized, he asked Ms. Kwon if he could invest in her a consume, and the two began to strike it off.

“You know when you get a genuinely deep guttural experience that someone’s a truly very good individual? That’s what I bought from him,” Ms. Kwon claimed.

They exchanged quantities later that night, and fell into a behavior of talking to each individual other above the cellphone throughout Mr. Taylor’s nightly runs. About two months just after assembly, they went to dinner and a film for their initial date. They resolved to continue the evening by conference pals for a consume, and both slept on separate couches at a friend’s property afterward. The next early morning when they went to pick up their automobiles at the parking garage the place they experienced remaining them the night in advance of, neither Ms. Kwon nor Mr. Taylor was completely ready to aspect strategies. They determined to lengthen their date to a total 24 hours, and went to the Getty Villa museum in advance of paying the rest of the day at the seaside.

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“We so obviously just cherished getting all around one particular one more,” Ms. Kwon claimed.

They commenced on a regular basis dating, and were being speaking about relocating in jointly when Ms. Kwon bought a occupation provide in Seattle in June 2014. Ms. Kwon knew how tricky it would be for Mr. Taylor to depart Los Angeles, the place he had developed up and lived for considerably of his existence. They took a journey to Seattle with each other, where Mr. Taylor meant to support Ms. Kwon search for a new apartment. But by the time their excursion was about he was selected that he would be signing up for her.

“Being up listed here with her,” Mr. Taylor claimed, “it designed the selection simple. And so I was like, it is time to go. And I haven’t regretted it considering that.”

A handful of yrs after relocating to Seattle, in April 2016, Ms. Kwon and Mr. Taylor started Kwontified, an e-commerce management and consulting organization that speedily became their main aim. Ms. Kwon is a founder and the running lover Mr. Taylor is a founder and partner. He is also a running companion at Taylor Ali Capital, an different asset class hedge fund.

In January 2019, on a vacation to Seoul, Mr. Taylor astonished Ms. Kwon by proposing to her in Haneul Park, adopted by an engagement shoot and a non-public meal at their lodge.

“Seoul is the place my spouse and children is from, and he desired to have it there to pay out homage to my heritage, which I genuinely appreciated,” Ms. Kwon explained.

The couple had been married Sept. 6 at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Tracy M. Lynch, a Common Life Minister, officiated.